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A Healthy Future

A Healthy Future
Friday, April 24, 2015
The 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years complete an eight-year period during which we have addressed for two years each Health Histories, Heads, Heat and Hearts. What will the following two years – 2017-18 and 2018-19 – bring? Here are some aspirations – ...
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Record-Ranking Defense Sets Title Tone

Record-Ranking Defense Sets Title Tone
Friday, April 24, 2015
Grandville Calvin Christian’s girls soccer program has been arguably the most consistently successful in Michigan this decade, winning MHSAA championships the last three seasons. And the MHSAA record book now reflects what keyed much of those title runs.  Cl...
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The Safe Play Game Plan

The Safe Play Game Plan
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This proposed federal legislation demonstrates two things. First, that we have been on target in Michigan with our four Hs – it’s like they read our playbook of priorities before drafting this federal legislation.
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Specialization Not the Only Pathway

Specialization Not the Only Pathway
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The decision to focus solely on one sport sometimes is done by athletes (or their parents) who believe that quitting other sports is the sole way to earn a coveted college scholarship. However, even though counter intuitive, sport specialization may be hampering their p...
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More Than X’s & O’s

More Than X’s & O’s
Friday, April 17, 2015
Without leaving any of the three previous health and safety “H’s” behind, during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, the fourth quarter, our focus will be on Hearts.
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Roeper Standouts Climb Scoring Charts

Roeper Standouts Climb Scoring Charts
Friday, April 17, 2015
Birmingham Roeper’s first MHSAA boys soccer championship run included an expected number of key performances – especially from its top two scorers. Click below to find out how they stack up in the MHSAA record listings, and to see recent additions in softba...
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Davis Continues as MHSAA Mat Champion

Davis Continues as MHSAA Mat Champion
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sam Davis was a highly-touted freshman on the Michigan State University wrestling team and recently-crowned MHSAA champion from Lansing Eastern when an eye injury ended his competitive career on that mat.  But the longtime Lansing official continues to make a stat...
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Montrose Again SBP Program of the Year

Montrose Again SBP Program of the Year
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Capturing first place in three of five individual categories, Montrose High School repeated as the “Program of the Year” in the second annual MHSAA School Broadcast Program Excellence Awards for 2014-15. The SBP Excellence Awards are underwritten by Herff J...
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Classification Trends

Classification Trends
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Statistics undermine arguments by some who opine that the enrollment ranges are too large and that more classifications and divisions for MHSAA tournaments are needed today.
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MHSAA Seeks Class of '17 SAC Applicants

MHSAA Seeks Class of '17 SAC Applicants
Monday, April 13, 2015
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is seeking student-athletes to become members of its Student Advisory Council beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence
Friday, April 10, 2015
The task of written communication has become more difficult during the four decades I’ve been engaged in this enterprise.
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High School a Time for Plays of All Kinds

High School a Time for Plays of All Kinds
Friday, April 10, 2015
At end of season or school year banquets attended by student-athletes and their parents, I often tell this short story about my mother that never fails to get a good laugh, especially from mothers. This old but true story about in-season demands of school sports actual...
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And the MHSAA Survey Says ...

And the MHSAA Survey Says ...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A survey of MHSAA member schools was conducted in the fall of 2014 aimed to determine opinions for and against a myriad of out-of-season coaching/contact period topics within the school year. Click below for some of the summaries drawn from that survey.
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Our Best and Brightest

Our Best and Brightest
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The best two hours of each work year are those spent with the MHSAA Scholar-Athletes and their parents on the last Saturday of the winter tournament season.
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‘Tis (out of) the Season

‘Tis (out of) the Season
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Those who live in close proximity to high schools throughout Michigan don’t even need a calendar to know what time of year it is when a new sports season begins. Whistles piercing through the hum of their air conditioners on the first Monday morning in August ma...
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Changes Create Calendar Conundrum

Changes Create Calendar Conundrum
Monday, April 6, 2015
Decades ago, schools developed policies and procedures for competitive athletics that educators knew were best for both schools and students. On every count, schools were correct.
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Seeding Questions

Seeding Questions
Friday, April 3, 2015
Seeding in school sports is a much more difficult task than it is at higher levels where there are many fewer teams operating in much less diverse settings.
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10 to Remember: Winter 2014-15

10 to Remember: Winter 2014-15
Thursday, April 2, 2015
As one might imagine, six straight weekends of MHSAA Finals produce enough highlights to distract us from our seemingly endless Michigan winters.  As explained to preface “10 to Remember” many times before, all championships are lifetime memories for t...
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Rep Council Wrap-Up: Winter 2015

Rep Council Wrap-Up: Winter 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The selection of a new venue for its Team Wrestling Finals highlighted actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Winter Meeting on March 27 in East Lansing.
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Community Development

Community Development
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Successful schools are the ones in the center of community life; and when the job is well done, school sports programs are central to the life of those schools.
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